South Florida Container Terminal (SFCT) will take delivery of six new electric-powered, Rubber Tire Gantry cranes (E-RTGs) in early January 2020 as part of the terminal’s infrastructure upgrade.
The new E-RTGs replace older, diesel-powered toploaders which worked in the container yard. Upon arrival in early January – the new equipment will undergo a 30-day testing and certification process by the manufacturer and be ready for operations in early February.
“These electric machines will usher in a safer, more efficient and more sustainable era at the port allowing us to densify our terminal to handle future cargo growth,” said SFCT Terminal Director Mark Baker.
“The new equipment replaces diesel toploaders and reduces the amount of CO2 into the air. These machines will be operated by our specially-trained longshoremen from our ILA Local 1922 and Local 1416 partners.”
SFCT is currently undergoing a $38 million investment upgrade by the Port of Miami as part of the Port Master Plan to keep pace with container growth and South Florida supply chain demands.
Port operations continue while the construction is underway to resurface the container yard to create a stronger surface to stack containers and improve the trucker experience.
The project reflects a successful public-private partnership with the Port of Miami financing the improvements to the port property.